‘Social Recession’: How isolation can affect physical and me
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As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, experts have found that social isolation can have a profound effect on people’s physical, as well as mental health.

A social recession is a deficit in human connection and security. Experts explains social recession as “a collapse in social contact that is particularly hard on the populations most vulnerable to isolation and loneliness.”

Here are key finding:

• Experts examined data from across the globe to study the effects of people being socially isolated or lonely, or living alone.

• “Each of these significantly predict risk for premature death,” Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University.

• “Loneliness increases earlier death by 26%, social isolation by 29% and living alone by 32%.”

• The risk of every cause of death – including heart disease, cancer, stroke, renal failure – increased from isolation.

• “People who are more socially connected show less inflammation, conversely people who are more isolated and lonely show increased chronic inflammation,” said Holt- Lunstad.

• One of the reasons people can suffer in social isolation is because personal relationships can help us cope with stress, Holt-Linstad said.

• Texting, video calling or even the phone could potentially help avert the sense of isolation or loneliness, Dhruv Khullar, a physician and researcher at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York said.

“Let’s look out for the people that are most vulnerable,” Khullar said.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/18/coronavirus-isolation-social-recession-physical-mental-health
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